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Old 08-07-2008, 04:33 PM
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Default Re: slow system running windows XP

I knew he wasn't running Vista with 256MB I was mearly suggesting if he did run Pista, I mean Vista, I'd go with with 2GB of RAM....

Come on Benny, give me some credit.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: slow system running windows XP

Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 512MB per slot.*


*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.


To see the memory installed in your computer click the Scan My System button below.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:31 AM
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Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 512MB per slot.*
If I'm reading that right you can use either DDR PC2700 OR DDR PC3200.

Assuming that it is 240 Pin DDR RAM. Since you have only 256MB of RAM total again I say remove that RAM (it may be the slower PC 2700) and replace it with 512MB PC 3200 sticks.

Your PC should have four (4) memory slots, verify that by opening your PC. If that's correct I would buy four (4) 512 MB RAM PC 3200 sticks for a total of 2 Gigabyte, that's 700% more RAM. You should definitely see a speed improvement!

You can use whatever Crucial recommends, it should be inexpensive.

Newegg.com offers as follows:

Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 400 (PC2 3200) System Memory Model KVR400D2N3/512 @ $11.99 each - Buy 4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144164

Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 400 (PC2 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model KVR400D2N3K2/1G @ $22.29 ea Kit - Buy 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144166

BTW: Do you know how to access your BIOS before Windows starts? At boot up your screen should flash some loading information including "Press DEL" or "Press F2" or some other key to enter BIOS.

What brand PC and Model number is this anyway?

PS: Even though you might boost your RAM to 2 GB do not even think about upgrading to Vista. I'm guessing your PC is several years old and your CPU may not be fast enough to run "Pista." Besides, you don't need any more headaches.
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The more info you provide us the better.

RIGHT click on "My Computer," then select Properties

A screen like the one below should open up and show you the CPU name, CPU speed in GHz and the total amount of RAM installed.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:16 PM
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Default Re: I think I got it

I ran the software from crucial and ordered the RAM from new egg.

Spybot got rid of 56 or 65 different things running in the back ground..

I am very glad I asked the question on this site.
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Great, that was a lot of garbage, it usually is "implanted" in your Registry file which is a bear to work on manually.

The question remains... Do you know how to access your BIOS before Windows starts? At boot up your screen should flash some loading information including "Press DEL" or "Press F2" or some other key to enter BIOS or SETUP.

Please verify that you can do that before you install your new RAM. Probably won't need to get into BIOS but just in case. If you access the BIOS screen DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING, just look around and exit without saving.

I would also suggest that you install your new RAM in pairs. What I mean is, leave your original RAM in the slots and just install two new sticks first. Boot up and verify everything is OK. Then shut down, remove the original RAM and install the remaining two sticks and boot up again. You should be good to go.

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:10 PM
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Default Re: slow system running windows XP

The question remains... Do you know how to access your BIOS before Windows starts? At boot up your screen should flash some loading information including "Press DEL" or "Press F2" or some other key to enter BIOS or SETUP.


I should be able to access the bios without any problem.

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